From Associated Press and eurweb.com news reports, and The Mississippi Link Newswire
George Zimmerman’s wife is divorcing him.
She is also asking in divorce papers that he pay for a permanent life insurance policy with her named as the beneficiary.
Shellie Zimmerman asked in the petition released Friday that a judge order George Zimmerman to pay the premiums on the policy.
She also is seeking an equal distribution of their checking accounts, trusts, partnerships and any unknown assets.
She asked that a judge prevent him from selling off any property.
The petition says the couple separated a month after Zimmerman was acquitted in July of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman’s wife says she doesn’t know the man she’s been married to for almost seven years and doesn’t think she “ever really knew him at all.”
In an exclusive interview with ABC News shortly after her attorney filed for divorce from Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she is left with a shattered life.
“I stood by my husband through everything and I kind of feel like he left me with a bunch of broken glass that I’m supposed to now assemble and make a life…It’s just heartbreaking,” she said.
Shellie Zimmerman, 26, stood by her husband throughout the ordeal that began on Feb. 26, 2012 when her husband shot and killed the unarmed teenager and came to an end when a Florida jury acquitted him of murder in July.
But less than two months later, she filed for divorce.
“I have a selfish husband. And I think George is all about George,” she said.
She claims that at times he was verbally abusive and hurt her “emotionally, but never physical.”
“I think I’m realizing that I have been married to a person for almost seven years, and I don’t think that I ever really knew him at all,” Shellie Zimmerman said.
Shellie Zimmerman said her husband is not only driving too fast, referencing the two incidents in which her husband has been pulled over for speeding recently, but also living too fast since his acquittal.
She says he spent maybe three or four nights at their home with her before she moved out in mid-August. She says she believes the not guilty verdict has left her husband feeling “invincible” and since then has been “making some reckless decisions.”
She is asking for “equitable distribution” of their assets including anything her husband might gain from a defamation suit he has filed against NBC as well as equal share of their debts. She is also seeking sole custody of their two dogs. According to the financial disclosure form, she said she is unemployed and listed her monthly expenses as $755. Since they separated George Zimmerman has given her $4,300 for living expenses and the source of funds appears to be his legal defense fund.
George Zimmerman’s legal team told ABC News there would be no comment on the divorce filing. George Zimmerman’s brother Robert tweeted “Pray for them.”
Last week Shellie Zimmerman pled guilty to perjury for lying about the couples’ finances when the judge was initially setting bail for her husband. After a judge handed her 100 hours of community service and a year’s probation, Zimmerman told ABC News last week that she did not know if she would stay married.
Now, she says she is making the decision to cut ties in an effort to leave the drama that has taken over her life since that fateful night in February 2012 behind.
Shellie Zimmerman told ABC “I always want my husband’s support.”
Asked if she and George Zimmerman are still together, Shellie Zimmerman said, “I’m not going to answer that.”
She added that she “wants to have children and stay married.”
“With George?” the interviewer asked.
“That’s something I’m going to have to think about,” Shellie Zimmerman replied.
In the interview, she also revealed that she wasn’t at their home the night of the teen’s controversial shooting because she’d had a fight with her husband.
“I was staying at my father’s house,” she said. “We had gotten into an argument the night before and I left.”
Shellie Zimmerman says that while she believes her husband’s version of the events leading to the shooting, “I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve gone or laid awake at night just thinking that I wish to God the circumstances had been different.”
She says the couple lived in hiding while awaiting his trial.
“We have pretty much lived like gypsies for the past year and a half. We’ve lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone would go and find us and that it would be horrific,” she said.
Shellie Zimmerman admitted she did not tell the truth during the bail hearing.
“I can rationalize a lot of reasons for why I was misleading, but the truth is that I knew I was lying,” she said.
She said she plans to do her community service with a Christian ministry.
“I’ve made mistakes and I want to own them right now,” Shellie Zimmerman said.
She also told ABC she is deeply sorry for the Martin family’s loss. “I can’t even begin to understand the grief a parent experiences when they lose a child,” she said.